Raspberry Pi Server Essentials

Raspberry Pi Server Essentials
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Unlock the various possibilities of using Raspberry Pi as a server
  • Configure a media center for your home or sharing with friends
  • Connect to the Bitcoin network and manage your wallet

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 116 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : February 2014
ISBN : 1783284692
ISBN 13 : 9781783284696
Author(s) : Piotr J. Kula
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Web Development, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
Chapter 2: Preparing the Network
Chapter 3: Configuring Extra Features
Chapter 4: Using a Fast PHP Web Server and Database
Chapter 5: Setting Up a File Server
Chapter 6: Setting Up the Game Servers
Chapter 7: Bitcoins – Pools and Mining
Chapter 8: Streaming Live HD Video
Chapter 9: Setting Up a Media Center
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
    • Hardware requirements
    • Extra peripherals
      • Essential peripherals
        • Wireless USB network adapters
        • USB hubs
        • Keyboards and mice
      • Useful peripherals
        • Internet 3G dongles
        • Sound cards
        • IR receivers
        • TV and radio receivers
        • Webcams
        • Multicard readers
        • Alamode
        • HDMI to VGA
      • Fun peripherals
        • Joysticks
        • USB to SATA
        • CAN bus
        • Home automation
        • USB missile launcher
        • Fingerprint scanners
    • Installing Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi
    • Understanding the design of the Raspberry Pi
      • Boot process
      • Other capabilities
      • Hardware limitations
        • Network speeds
        • USB bottlenecks
        • Time
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Preparing the Network
    • Local Area Network (LAN)
      • The eth0 port
      • The wlan0 interface
      • The lo interface
    • Wireless configuration – Wi-Fi
      • Recommended wireless adapters
      • Setting up from the desktop
      • Setting up from the console
      • Using wicd-curses
    • Static network address
    • Testing and benchmarking your network
      • Basic tests
      • Advanced benchmarking tools
        • Speedtest application
        • Iperf
      • Recommended bandwidth
    • Internet configuration
      • ISP packages
        • Home packages
        • Business packages
      • Dynamic DNS
        • Installing the client
        • Dynamic DNS domain workaround
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Configuring Extra Features
    • Updating the Raspberry Pi
      • Updating firmware
      • Updating packages
      • Outcomes
    • Hardware watchdog
      • Enabling the watchdog and daemon
      • Testing the watchdog
    • Enabling extra decoders
      • Buying licenses
      • MPEG-2
      • VC-1
    • Hardware monitoring
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Setting Up a File Server
    • Preparing the storage medium
      • Listing the available drives
      • Formatting a drive
      • Mounting the drives
      • Remounting a disk after reboot
    • Accessing files
      • FTP service
        • Connecting with FileZilla
        • Connecting with WinSCP
      • Samba service
        • Installing and configuring Samba
        • Network shares
      • AFP for Macintosh
        • Installing and configuring
        • Shares and Time Machine
      • BitTorrent Sync
        • Installing Sync
        • Autostart
    • Hardware RAID
      • Configuration
        • Massive storage
        • Redundant storage
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Setting Up the Game Servers
    • Updating to Jessie
      • Selective settings
    • Games servers
      • OpenTTD
        • Installing OpenTTD
        • Configuring OpenTTD
        • Playing OpenTTD
      • Freeciv
        • Installing Freeciv
        • Configuring Freeciv
        • Playing Freeciv
      • OpenArena
        • Installing OpenArena
        • Configuring OpenArena
        • Playing OpenArena
      • Minecraft
        • Installing Java Hard-Float
        • Installing the Minecraft server
        • Configuring Minecraft
        • Playing Minecraft
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Bitcoins – Pools and Mining
    • Installing Bitcoind
      • Bitcoin wallet
      • Creating a Bitcoin address
        • Receiving Bitcoins
        • Sending Bitcoins
        • The value of Bitcoins
    • Mining for Bitcoins
      • Mining with ASICMiner
      • Installing CGMiner
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Streaming Live HD Video
    • Streaming with GStreamer
    • Streaming with FFmpeg
    • Raspivid
    • Compiling nginx-rtmp
      • Configuring nginx
      • Streaming video using the RTMP module
    • Watching a video
      • RTMP streams
      • MPEG streams
      • Other streams
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Setting Up a Media Center
    • Slideshows
      • Using fbi
    • Watching movies
      • Using OMXPlayer
    • Playing audio
      • Using aplay
      • Using OMXPlayer
      • Using AirPlayer
      • Using alsamixer
    • Installing RaspBMC
      • Enabling other codecs
      • Configuring RaspBMC
        • Wireless
        • Media sources
        • Using Add-ons
        • AirPlay
        • Enabling CEC
      • Performance optimization
        • Change the skin
        • Overclocking
        • NFS versus Samba
    • Summary

Piotr J. Kula

Piotr J. Kula developed an interest in computers when he was six years old. He was introduced to the world of technology by his father who came from an electronics engineering background. Piotr has lived, studied, and gained experience in three countries. Today, he is a Microsoft Certified Professional and works with reputed companies offering complex software solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys working on electrical engineering projects and also enjoys doing some home improvement projects with his wife.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Use Raspberry Pi as a low cost network storage device
  • Configure a webserver using PHP and work with databases
  • Host multi-player games by using Pi as a game server to get graphical content
  • Share files and use hardware RAID on the Pi
  • Mine Bitcoins and make your own digital currency
  • Turn your Raspberry Pi into a media server to stream media to your network
  • Enable extra features such as installing a wireless adapter, enabling the hardware watchdog, and updating and upgrading the distro

In Detail

Raspberry Pi makes a good server that facilitates you with eminently achievable to the massively ambitious ideas. It is a capable computer that can perform tasks that involve spreadsheets, word processing, and games. It also plays high-definition video. If you are looking for a way to set up a low cost web server, primarily to be used as a testing environment or to store files, then Raspberry Pi is perfect for you.

This book demonstrates Raspberry Pi’s ability to perform tasks that a mini computer would, in an efficient manner using a minimum number of power resources. You can connect your Raspberry Pi to the Internet at home to share files, host multi-player games, or even host a website.

Starting with the pre-requisites and installation of Pi, you will learn how to setup Pi as a web server with MySQL. This book progresses with building Pi as a file server and knowing about using the various file transfer protocols. It also guides you to install Bitcoin/ Litecoin and set up Bitcoin wallet. You will learn how to stream a webcam to watch movies in HD or camera module.

Complete your journey by learning how to use Pi as a game server by using basic console commands to get graphical content.


This is an engaging, easy to follow guide for developing a wide range of server projects with Raspberry Pi

Who this book is for

This book is targeted towards all Raspberry Pi enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the potential of Pi as a server. Even if you have no prior experience with the Raspberry Pi, you can pick up this book and develop a wide range of projects.

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